The first day back at work for the year

9 January 2017


I have always loved the first day back at work in the New Year.  It is like opening a new exercise book or journal for the first time.  The pages are blank, crisp and fresh.  Those first words you write are always neat and well considered.  The empty book is full of promise of the amazing things that can fill these blank pages in the year ahead.

I spent most of the month of November and December looking forward to the Christmas holiday break.  I was longing to fill my days catching up on work tasks, reading, relaxing, swimming in the pool, eating healthy food and exercising.  I had no particular plans, no vacation organised or activities to attend to.  My children are grown up now, so I didn’t need to keep them occupied.  This was just 100% “me” time.

However after a few days, apathy started to set in.  Rather than attend to this list of tasks I had set myself, I spent days watching Netflix.  I am now very familiar with 2 new Frank’s in my life – Frank Underwood (House of Cards) and Frank Gallagher (Shameless).  I have eaten a bunch of unhealthy food, and while I did exercise regularly, it is fair to say that my trainer Simon will be disappointed when I return to my training this week.  But I did relax and have a pretty good time, so that objective had been achieved.

The one thing that I have been missing is routine.  It may sound crazy but I am really looking forward to getting back to work, back to my exercise classes, eating regular and healthy meals, back to being busy, challenged and meeting the objectives that I set myself as part of my daily routine.

Rather than beat myself up about what I didn’t achieve this holidays, I am going to celebrate what I did achieve.

I achieved the right balance of down time for me to want to go back to work with enthusiasm.  I have always felt that the best holidays end with that feeling that you want to get back to normal life.

I allowed myself to do NOTHING at all for a few days.  I can’t recall the last time I have done this.

I did not beat myself up on the 3 days of the holidays that I didn’t make my 10,000 steps.  I didn’t even run around the lounge room like a crazy person trying to get my steps up to the required level.

I enjoyed eating any food I felt like – including ice cream, cheese and carbohydrates.  I drank a little too much and I ate chocolate.  I even ordered a hamburger (with chips) one night when we went out to dinner. Healthy eating starts again this week.

I have found a television show that I can watch with my husband that does not involve sport.  Thank you Netflix.

But most of all – I haven’t beaten myself up about allowing myself to relax and let go for a few weeks.

I hope you all had a great holiday and welcome back to routine.  Jigsaw Tax has plenty of exciting things happening in 2017 so stay tuned.  We look forward to working with you to meet your goals for the New Year.